Dr. Hamid Boboye, the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), emphasized the need for an additional 20,000 schools and 907,769 classrooms to accommodate the increasing number of Out-of-School Children during his speech in Abuja on Tuesday.
He identified challenges such as infrastructural gaps and a shortage of personnel that the commission faces in its mission to ensure equal access to quality basic education.
In response, Prof. Tahir Mamman, the Minister of Education, pledged that his ministry would prioritize basic education in the country. He stressed the critical importance of developing the foundation level within the education sector to have a positive impact on other tiers and national development. He called on all states to show greater commitment by providing counterpart funding to expedite basic education development.
Prof. Mamman also noted that President Bola Tinubu’s government was dedicated to ensuring that every Nigerian child receives an education, and he mentioned that the upcoming National Census would address the controversies surrounding the actual number of out-of-school children.
Dr. Yusuf Sununu added his voice to the discussion, emphasizing the collective effort required to provide Nigerian children with the necessary education for their future. He directed the UBEC Chief Executive to actively pursue counterpart funding from state governors, emphasizing that an uneducated child poses a significant risk to themselves and society.
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